Governor Bill Lee and TDEC fund $2.4M Tiger Park in Jonesborough
Published 2:30 pm Thursday, October 5, 2023
FROM STAFF REPORTS
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Governor Bill Lee and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) have announced a grant of $2,445,250 for the Town of Jonesborough to create a new park named Tiger Park at 720 N. Cherokee St. The project encompasses various amenities, including a restroom and concession facility, a pavilion, four playgrounds, field lighting, construction and lighting for tennis and pickleball courts, a rubberized track surface, and additional features such as bleachers, bike racks, benches, tables, trash receptacles, and scoreboards.
“Tiger Park will be a wonderful addition to our community, offering diverse recreational opportunities for residents of all ages,” remarked State Rep. Rebecca Alexander, R-Jonesborough. The grant is part of a larger $26,501,705.74 fund allocated to 32 communities in Tennessee for local parks and recreation initiatives as part of the Governor’s statewide emphasis on conservation investments.
Governor Lee stated, “These investments are crucial in providing outdoor experiences for Tennesseans to enjoy for generations to come, and I appreciate the Tennessee General Assembly’s partnership in this effort.”
The funding is made available through the Local Parks and Recreation Fund (LPRF), administered by TDEC’s Division of Recreation Resources. The LPRF supports land acquisition for parks, natural areas, greenways, and recreational facilities. This competitive grant program provides reimbursement for awarded projects with qualified expenses.
TDEC Commissioner David Salyers expressed pride in assisting local leaders across the state with these significant community projects and looks forward to witnessing their positive impact.
The Lee administration’s future conservation strategy aims to build on recommendations from public and private stakeholders, focusing on enhancing water infrastructure and quality, supporting natural areas, and expanding safe nuclear energy production, among other goals.